FOOTBALL: Coach Zook talks about injuries

Although the Florida Gators are likely to see improvement in the overall depth at the linebacker position for Saturday's homecoming game against South Carolina, there are still a number of concerns.

Travis Harris and Earl Everett are at or close to full speed and expected to play on Saturday. Everett has already been cleared to play and evidently Harris is close.

Coach Ron Zook noted after practice Wednesday that "Travis went through some drills and stuff today."

The prognosis is not quite as good for the Channing Crowder, the Gators all-SEC linebacker and McCullough. Both practiced Wednesday, but neither of the two is at full speed.

"Todd and Channing were out there hobbling today," said Zook. "Todd is probably the farthest behind."

Florida played last Saturday's game at Vanderbilt with only two of the six scholarship linebackers active and healthy, and only one of those two saw the field. Freshman Brandon Siler started at middle linebacker and played the entire game. He was joined in the starting lineup by walkon redshirt freshman Alvin Butler and Corey Bailey, converted during the practice week from safety to linebacker.

Two starters, Crowder and Everett, were injured in the Georgia game. Crowder suffered a foot injury and Everett a concussion. Travis Harris went into the Georgia game with a high ankle sprain and though he played in the second half, he was unable to take the field against Vanderbilt. Backup Todd McCullough, who had bruised shoulders in the Georgia game, rolled an ankle prior to the Vanderbilt game.

Two other players continue to work their way through injuries.

Safety Terrence Holmes has been trying to recover from a nagging injury in the groin area and tailback DeShawn Wynn has been recovering from ankle-knee injuries suffered against Mississippi State.

Zook said that Holmes is getting better.

"Terrance Holmes is alright," said Zook. "He has had a problem for about five weeks. It's not really a hamstring, he has a high strain in his flexor muscle."

Wynn was in pads for Wednesday's practice, but his status for the Saturday game with South Carolina is iffy at best.

"DeShawn, probably not," Zook answered regarding Wynn's status for the game Saturday. "It will be a game time decision. If he is not ready this week, he will be ready next week."


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